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Specification for Fuji Finepix S602

Main Features
Resolution 3.1
Optical Zoom 6
Battery Type Rechargeable
  • Professional quality 35-210mm equivalent 6X optical zoom lens
  • High-speed shooting at up to 5 frames per second
  • Hot shoe for external flash
  • Pop up flash with 17.7ft effective range
  • Dual media slot (SmartMedia and CompactFlash type II)
  • Ultra-high sensitivity: up to 1600 ISO
  • New high resolution (180,000 pixel) TTL electronic viewfinder
  • High-resolution VGA (640 x 480 pixel) movie capture at 30 frames per sec with sound.
  • Audio recording and 30 second voice captioning

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I have just returned from my holiday with some...”

Written on: 18/08/2010

I have just returned from my holiday with some fantastic photos. Unfortunately my 10 year old daughter was trying to delete one of the photos and erased - all frames - all our holiday pics erased !! does anyone know whether there is anywhere in the camera that these are programmed in the event of deleting by mistake - Help please ....

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Fuji Finepix S602

“Its Easy and reliable! The macro feature works well...”

Written on: 26/03/2010

Its Easy and reliable! The macro feature works well and a fantastic optical zoom! I have had mine a couple of years, The only down side if any is it struggles inside with poor light but the flash can be used most of the time to compensate… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“i just purchased the Fuji Finepix s602z and i am...”

Written on: 28/05/2009

i just purchased the Fuji Finepix s602z and i am totaly amazed at the quality
and functions of this camera,although its an outmoded model
it can still hold its own with current ones… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“You buy a camera to take pictures.”

Written on: 29/08/2008 by mulderat (15 reviews written)

You buy a camera to take pictures.

Previous reviewers have highlighted the intricacies of the Fuji Finepix S602 - but for taking fantastic quality photos - this gets 10 out of 10… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“The Fuji Finepix S602 is a Good compact camera.Zoom...”

Written on: 08/01/2008

The Fuji Finepix S602 is a Good compact camera.Zoom error, which I believe is a common fault with Fuji cameras. This has rendered my Fuji Finepix S602 useless… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I bought my Fuji Finepix S602 about 18 months ago,...”

Written on: 16/10/2005 by dougsinnott (4 reviews written)

I bought my Fuji Finepix S602 about 18 months ago, new, at a discounted bargain price of £210,and have never regretted it.
It is an excellent versatile camera, and the enhanced Super CCD does provide excellent results, although only technically 3 MP.
This is plenty good enough for the vast marjority of photographs, and I regularly print vivid, colourful 10 by 8 prints.
What more does the average keen amateur need?
Although I also have a Canon 300d, I often prefer the Fuji, as it is lighter than… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I am a professional photographer, and I switched over...”

Written on: 08/10/2005 by mister photographer (1 review written)

I am a professional photographer, and I switched over to digital some three years ago. I use Nikon digital SLR's for most of my work, but I use the trusty old Fuji Finepix S602 Pro for back up and candid shots at weddings etc. I have had this camera for three years, and it has been hammered by heavy usage, but it still delivers good quality images that I regularly have printed up to 10"x 8" and bigger, and on two occasions I have had 20"x 16" enlargements blown up from S602 files, and the… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I've had the Fuji Finepix S602 for 19 months and am...”

Written on: 30/06/2005 by GileraRider (2 reviews written)

I've had the Fuji Finepix S602 for 19 months and am generally very pleased with its features. The optics are superb. However, it has been back to Fuji twice for repairs to the zoom mechanism. This seems to be a design fault as other forums report similar probs. The other down side: if you are downloading to computer and the batteries die, the storage card is fragmented and files can only be recovered using image recall software… Read Full Review

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Finnsdad's Response to GileraRider's Review

Written on: 07/09/2005

I would recommend that you always use a mains adapter whenever you are downloading to a computer. It saves any hassle.

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★★★★★
Fuji Finepix S602

“The Fuji Finepix S602 handles and feels like a classic...”

Written on: 18/06/2005 by Mark Sykes (4 reviews written)

The Fuji Finepix S602 handles and feels like a classic 35mm SLR.
An excellent all-round camera - there are several other Fuji models like it. If you like photography then this camera is for you. Manual, Aperture, Program or Shutter preferred settings, as well as Auto. Also Scene photography. Variable ISO speed up to 1600ASA. All the lighting and white balance settings, sports/multiframe/P-in-P/time delays/fixed focus and lots more. Being able to put on filters and add-on lenses gives even more… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“The Fuji Finepix S602 is a super little camera that is...”

Written on: 11/04/2005 by Simon Spiers (6 reviews written)

The Fuji Finepix S602 is a super little camera that is capable of taking great shots in most situations. Focus is slow but OK in good light conditions, but fails to get a lock in low light, low contrast situations. Shutter lag is not instantanious but pretty quick, but the startup time is around 3 seconds.
Using the camera in it's optimal mode ie 3.1 meg fine and 160 iso the results are still up with some of the cameras of simular resolution today.
Writing RAW files is a waste of space and… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“The Fuji Finepix S602 is a very useful tool. First...”

Written on: 01/11/2004 by Blademaker (1 review written)

The Fuji Finepix S602 is a very useful tool. First class in super macro mode - you can photograph objects with the lens ring resting on the object, provided enough light is available. Settings not lost when batteeries removed for charging. Many manual options… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“Fuji FinePix S602 - This is my second Fuji, the first...”

Written on: 12/09/2004 by gkania (3 reviews written)

Fuji FinePix S602 - This is my second Fuji, the first I still have - the 401 which is also a mpeg player. Great to carry around in your pocket, and still good photos. I went for this higher performance camera for the optical zoom and macro photography.
Enough has been said in other reviews about how good this camera is, but what I think's worth emphasising is how good Fuji's software design is. I have tried other cameras: Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Kodak, and in my view, the Fuji is just the most… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“The Fuji FinePix S602 is without doubt a very good...”

Written on: 28/07/2004 by dippy (2 reviews written)

The Fuji FinePix S602 is without doubt a very good camera - I would recommend going for the S20 PRO however, as the chip is better, and you get small upgrades that just go that little bit further than the s602 - there's a great deal at the moment at Edinburgh Cameras which includes a large memory card. Address:-

http://www.edinburghcameras.co.uk/acatalog/Fujifilm_digital_cameras.html… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I bought the Fuji FinePix S602 primarily for sports...”

Written on: 19/12/2003 by duxbury2002 (1 review written)

I bought the Fuji FinePix S602 primarily for sports photography. It's fairly quick in terms of shutter lag and shot to shot time, which is important for quick action. The 602 also has a 6x zoom for getting close to the action.

The 602 is chock full of features for the serious amateur. Without going into all of the features, it has an ISO setting from 160 to 1600, which is great for low light shots. Also, it has aperture, speed, or completely manual modes, as well as automatic setting and… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I have done black and white darkroom for years, but...”

Written on: 08/10/2003 by faxonpr (1 review written)

I have done black and white darkroom for years, but never got into color because of the cost and difficulty that color film presented. Now I am amazed by the features that the Fuji FinePix S602 Pro camera has, including two macro modes, complete auto to manual control, a great number of color balance options, and the quality my prints have. I always shoot at maximum resolution, in the finest mode. The files are very large, often 17+ megs, but my prints are worth it.

It helped me a lot to… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“No matter what other people say about this camera - i...”

Written on: 12/09/2003 by usernameexists (1 review written)

No matter what other people say about this camera - i can honestly say that this is by far the best one out there. Don't waste time searching for other types/brands - take this one - you'll not be disappointed. I'll not go into detailed stuff because you must be tired of it - play with it and then you'll see what i mean… Read Full Review

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166488_Terryst's Response to usernameexists's Review

Written on: 19/08/2004

It's great for sports photography.
<br>My only criticism is that the sound quality on the video mode isn't too good when you save the file as an mpeg. Unless I'm doing something wrong that is. Has anyone else experienced the same as me?

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Fuji Finepix S602

“Having owned SLR cameras in the past i was after a...”

Written on: 29/08/2003 by Ted Mansell (1 review written)

Having owned SLR cameras in the past i was after a digital camera that gave me the same versatility, but with in a reasonable price range. I found this with the S602, the manual setting is excellent and the ability to change the iso setting is invaluable. The use of an external flash allows you to have better control over different conditions… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“THE FUJI FINEPIX S602 IS SIMPLY THE BEST DIGITAL...”

Written on: 13/07/2003 by BOB. (1 review written)

THE FUJI FINEPIX S602 IS SIMPLY THE BEST DIGITAL CAMERA ON THE MARKET TODAY FOR THE MONEY PERIOD!THE PICTURE QUALITY AND FEATURES OF THIS CAMERA IS SUPERB. THE SUPER MACRO MODE AND MOVIE MODE HAS NO EQUAL. THE FUJI SUPER CCD IS FAR SUPERIOR TO THE OLD FASHION STANDARD CCD'S USED BY EVERYONE ELSE. BOTTOM LINE IS TO COMPARE THE PICTURE QUALITY TO A HIGH DOLLAR CANON, NIKON OR OLYMPUS AND YOU WILL SEE FOR YOURSELF. YOURS EYES DON'T LIE. ALSO, IT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE AND FEELS LIKE A "REAL" CAMERA… Read Full Review

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I searched and searched for a replacement for my...”

Written on: 07/07/2003 by Wes Paul. (1 review written)

I searched and searched for a replacement for my trusted Kodak DC500 - in the end I had to make a quick decision - lowest price does not always mean best. If the price seems generously low, check out what peripherals are included and compare against others. I might have paid too much. However, although I get some piccys not to the standard I expect - I can over-compensate by taking more. I have been using the 128 FlashCard I took out of my old camera and I am sure it slows down performance - I… Read Full Review

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114109_Wmax.'s Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 08/07/2003

I am glad too see you are happy with your new purchase. It would certainly suck if you were unhappy..lol. Anyways, concerning the image quality i note that you specify normally using the AUTO mode. If you move away from AUTO and use the Priority Modes(A and S on the selector) or Manual mode, you can then turn the camera's noise reduction/sharpening system effictively OFF. The s602, while a good camera, has some faults. One of the biggest faults is it's built in sharpening/nr system that will signficantly degread image quality. I beileve if you learn to post process your 602 images from the SOFT sharpen setting option images, you will have much higehr quality.
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<br>See this summary on the subject:
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<br>http://www.linaeum.com/productinfo/digitalcams/fuji_s602/sharpsystem/samples/index.html
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<br>-Chris

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Euclid44's Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 20/05/2008

Well guys - I finally took my last pictures with old faithful! I have just had my s602 stolen (at Todmorden Town Hall) - I shall really miss it!<br/><br/>Pictures I have taken can be seen on cavernshowcase.com<br/><br/>caldercats.com, calderweb.net, todmordenunitarianchurch.org.uk <br/>kingsizetaylor.com<br/>wespaul.caldercats.com<br/><br/>Thanks for looking<br/><br/>Best wishes<br/><br/>Wes Paul<br/><br/><br/>

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Wmax's Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 13/07/2004

bluecarbine -- I'm sorry, but I deleted the S602 pages when the camera was discontinued. I may replace the data -- but in the meantime e-mail me(wmax@linaeum.com).
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<br>-Chris

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Wmax's Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 13/07/2004

Bluecarbine -- Send me some unedited(out of camera) examples. I would be interested in seeing the 'soft' image problem you are experiencing.
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<br>wmax@linaeum.com
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<br>-Chris

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Bluecarbine's Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 13/07/2004

I'd like to add to Wes Paul & Doug's comments. I have a 602 and would only give it 4/10 for image quality. I keep sending CD's of images back to Fuji and they keep telling me they are of the standard they would expect, but to me they all looked very slightly out of focus. I'm very disappointed with the camera. I delete around 55% of all my photos because they are so poor.
<br>Bluecarbine.

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Doug Sinnott's Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 11/07/2004

If you liked the camera so much,how come you gave it such a low score for both image quality,and features?
<br>These are both areas where this camera excels,most reviews give the s602 top scores in these departments,and you have not even recommended this camera!
<br>What a negative review,with a score that is wide of the mark!!
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<br>Doug Sinnott,Warrington

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Bluecarbine's Response to Wes Paul.'s Review

Written on: 27/06/2004

chris, I'd like to know more about the soft focussing issues you mention but the url you left is a dead end, has it changed?

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Fuji Finepix S602

“I wanted to wait until I'd learned enough to write a...”

Written on: 24/05/2003 by Stewartboyz. (1 review written)

I wanted to wait until I'd learned enough to write a comprehensive review but I can't contain myself. To say I really love this camera is an understatement! This is the one I've been searching for so I can finally retire my old 35mm rig. To understand why let me digress a little. About 4 years ago a new job started taking me to China and Asia 2 to 3 times a year every year. The first time I went I schlepped along my trusty old 35 mm, motor drive, data back and assortment of lenses and all… Read Full Review

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113549_Wmax.'s Response to Stewartboyz.'s Review

Written on: 06/07/2003

The 3mp vs 6mp modes are different, in terms of resolution. It is beyond the scope of the comment to be specific, but it is due to a process of reorienting the diagnol sensor layout data to a standard v/h layout to export for using the images. The actual measured difference, per resoluton objective test charts demonstrates 14-15% difference in the exitnction points of resolution in single vertical and horiztonal plane(s), for a total gross difference of 28-30% in resolvable data. However, these percentages are perhaps a bit misleading, since the subjective qualithy difference when actually viewing would not be equated with these quoated numbers. You can examine this, along with my references, concernignthe 3mp vs 6mp and also the signficant differnces that uisng the camera in various sharpen modes can have on your images:
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<br>http://www.linaeum.com/productinfo/digitalcams/fuji_s602/index.html
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<br>-Chris
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<br>http://www.reviewcentre.com/review17349.html

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Gordslaphead's Response to Stewartboyz.'s Review

Written on: 16/04/2004

Hi Katie, only just seen your question so probably too late to be useful, but in a nutshell:
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<br>The actual sensor is 3.1mp, so this is the *true* resolution. But instead of being a grid of rows and columns (like most other sensors) it's in an octagonal arrangement. This way it can (fairly) accurately guess what colour the gaps should be in order to generate a grid output for a PC to understand. This means adding extra information to fill the gaps, and this final output is 6mp. Hope this helps.
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<br>Regards, Gord

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Katiefarr's Response to Stewartboyz.'s Review

Written on: 04/01/2004

Hi there,
<br>I am a student currently studying photography A-level and i am really enjoying the digital side of the course. I am looking into buying one and this model caught my eye. I was wondering if you could tell me though what is the difference between how many mega pixels it states and the number for the pixel output. for example this model says somthing like 3.1m pixels but says it has a 6.0 million pixel output. What does this mean???
<br>i would be grateful for your reply.
<br>Katie

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Bazza.'s Response to Stewartboyz.'s Review

Written on: 29/07/2003

I have done a lot of research on digital camera's and being a pensioner, am working to a reasonable cost. I found your coments very good reading, and have just purchased this camera. have not received it yet, but looking forward to using it. Thank's for your coments. Barry

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